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Landscape / Re: My first try: the milky way
« on: January 07, 2014, 10:41:03 AM »
How does one get such a clear picture of the milky way in an area with light pollution?

The problem when shooting stars is not only the light pollution, but also the air pollution and the humidity.... in this case I was in a city that is quite high above the sea level, it was dry and very low air polution.

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Landscape / Re: My first try: the milky way
« on: January 07, 2014, 10:32:01 AM »
Very nice.  Like the way you have the milky way's axis lined up with the center of the lenses field of view curve.

I just took delivery of a 14 f28 Samyang.  Not a fish-eye but I'm anxious to try it out.

What's your setup, exposure time?

I'm also considering the 14mm Samyang... it seems to be a very good lens.

As I said, it's a mix of two shots, one with ISO 800 and other with ISO 1600.
5D3, Sigma 15mm fisheye @ f/2.8, 15s

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Landscape / Re: My first try: the milky way
« on: January 07, 2014, 10:25:41 AM »
I think that it's very good for a first try. I like it. Well done.

Thanks Click :)

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Landscape / Re: My first try: the milky way
« on: January 07, 2014, 10:25:06 AM »
Just trying to be constructive: I think it's good, but is it possible to raise the exposure of background more? Also, the foreground seems kind of, well, not sharp. It seems blown out. Perhaps you could have taken a shot with exposure that's more adjusted for it, then stack? Not taking anything away from your shot though.

Yeah, I agree with you.
I took 3 shots (over, under and right exposed), and tried to use Photomatix to mix them, but then I got star trails... so I used a function called "fusion/2 images"... probably if I use photoshop to ajust and stack them would be much better... I will try that.

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Landscape / My first try: the milky way
« on: January 06, 2014, 11:35:55 PM »
What do you think?


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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT AF Light Assist
« on: September 26, 2013, 07:16:59 PM »
Just now.  Turns out there's nothing wrong with your 600EX-RT (or at least if there is, the same thing is 'wrong' with the three of them that I have).

I tried again with the 24-70/2.8L II, and the center point gives the thin vertical AF assist.  The 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS gives the full AF assist array even with the center point selected.

So...I tried it with a variety of lenses, and this is what I found with the center point selected (selecting a point away from the center column always gives the full AF assist array):

  • EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II - thin vertical AF assist line
  • EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II - thin vertical AF assist line
  • EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS - full AF array
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II - thin vertical AF assist line
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II + 1.4xIII - full AF array
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II + 2xIII - full AF array
  • EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS - full AF array
  • EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS - full AF array
  • EF 85mm f/1.2L II - thin vertical AF assist line
  • EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS - full AF array
  • EF 135mm f/2L - thin vertical AF assist line
  • EF 600mm f/4L IS II - full AF array (part of which is blocked by the lens ;) )

You found that your 50/1.4 gives the thin vertical line, whereas your 15mm f/2.8 fisheye and 24-105L give the full array, and likewise, my 100mm f/2.8L Macro also gives the full array, while other f/2.8 and faster lenses give the thin vertical line.

Taken together, that suggests that with the 5DIII or 1D X and the 600EX-RT flash, the determining factor is which AF 'group' the lens is in.  Only Group A lenses give the thin vertical AF assist line with the center point selected, whereas Group B and slower lenses give the full array (the 15/2.8 Fisheye is in Group B, the 100/2.8L IS and f/4 lenses are in Group C, etc.).

Neuro,
Thank you for your time testing all those lenses!

Good to know that there's nothing wrong with my flash :)

And very interesting that only group A lens have the AF vertical beam, don't know why it is not on the manual.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT AF Light Assist
« on: September 26, 2013, 02:04:14 PM »
Yes, except the 15mm fisheye that is f/2.8.

I was thinking of the 8-15mm Fisheye zoom, sorry.  I'll post results...

Did you try with your 70-300L?

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT AF Light Assist
« on: September 23, 2013, 02:17:41 PM »
So your lenses that give the full AF assist array are all f/4 or slower.  I'll try it on mine with the 70-300L mounted...

Yes, except the 15mm fisheye that is f/2.8.

Please let me know when you try with your 70-300L.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT AF Light Assist
« on: September 23, 2013, 01:22:43 PM »
I finally got the vertical beam.

But now the weird part: I can only get it using the 50mm lens, with the 24-105 I only get the vertical+horizontal beam. Didn't tried other lens yet.

Odd. I tried it with the lens on my camera at the time, which was the 24-70/2.8L II.

Tried with all my lens:

50mm f/1.4 and 135L I have the vertical AF beam assist.

24-105L, 17-40L, 70-300L and 15mm fisheye I have full-width AF assist.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT AF Light Assist
« on: September 23, 2013, 10:12:41 AM »
I finally got the vertical beam.

But now the weird part: I can only get it using the 50mm lens, with the 24-105 I only get the vertical+horizontal beam. Didn't tried other lens yet.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT AF Light Assist
« on: September 19, 2013, 09:28:39 AM »
I've checked and I'm using single point selection...



Tried lot of different setting and still can't get the AF vertical beam from flash  :(

I'm using the last firmware version, I will try to downgrade and see if it works.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT AF Light Assist
« on: September 18, 2013, 01:48:32 PM »
Just to confirm, are you in single point selection mode, and not the 4- or 8-point expansion settings?

I'm not with my camera right now, but later I will try again and make sure I'm not making any mistake.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT AF Light Assist
« on: September 18, 2013, 01:22:52 PM »
Can't speak for the 5DIII, but on my 1D X the 600EX-RT's AF assist lamp lights up only a thin vertical strip if the center AF point is selected.  If I select a point in an off-center column, or in 61-pt auto, the full-width AF assist rectangle illuminates.

This also applies for the 5D3. Single point AF centered position = vertical red light beam(a line,not just a small dot), off center position or 61-pt auto = large pattern. I just checked my setup and verified it.

So, maybe I have a problem, because I don't have that vertical light beam line when using only the center AF point.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT AF Light Assist
« on: September 18, 2013, 01:12:09 PM »
Can't speak for the 5DIII, but on my 1D X the 600EX-RT's AF assist lamp lights up only a thin vertical strip if the center AF point is selected.  If I select a point in an off-center column, or in 61-pt auto, the full-width AF assist rectangle illuminates.

That's how my old 580EXII used to work on my 5D3, I was expecting that the 600EX-RT would work the same.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / 600EX-RT AF Light Assist
« on: September 18, 2013, 12:46:42 PM »
I used to have an canon 580EXII and I remeber that when I choose the central focus point the AF assist light from flash only lights the center (iluminating only the center focus point). When I choose all focus points, the AF assist light illuminates all the focus points.

Now with the 600EX it don't seems to have the same feature, if I choose only the center focus point or all focus point, the AF assist light is the same, iluminating all AF points. Is it right or I have a unit with defect?

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